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Palo Santo Benefits For Health & More Explained!

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The lights are dimmed, and a stick of Palo Santo is ignited. You breathe deeply and let the aromatic sweet scents of pine, mint and lemon wash over you. The effects are calming, and a state of peacefulness and serenity descents. Somehow, the negativity you’re holding onto goes up in smoke along with the burning wood. These are the Palo Santo health benefits explained.

This is the story of native shamans hundreds of years ago. Concerned for their spiritual wellbeing, they burnt pieces of wood from the mystical tree, Palo Santo, in their prayer, mediation and spiritual rituals. They did this in order to attract good luck, and communicate better with the spirits. In addition to its healing effects, they believed that Palo Santo enhanced creativity, cleared negative energy and brought renewal.

What Is Palo Santo Wood?

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Palo Santo Grows on the Coast of South America, and is botanically referred to as Bursera graveolens.  The tree means “holy wood” in Spanish and is known for its physical, emotional and spiritual healing properties. The tree can live for up to 90 years and only releases a sweet aroma after it dies. Intriguing, to say the least!

There is much mythical speculation surrounding the Palo Santo tree. According to legend, a virtuous, handsome man by the name of Cosokait fell in love with a young maiden. However, the young maiden did not reciprocate his feelings and Cosokait fell into a deep sadness that made him ill. On his deathbed, Cosokait called for the young girl to see her one last time, but she refused to go.

Cosokait died invoking the young girl’s name. A Palo Santo tree grew where he was buried. The tree would give off a sweet aroma when burnt and has since been revered by ancient tribes as a sacred tree symbolizing love and kindness. 

Palo Santo Essential Oil Explained 

Most of us are familiar with the essential oils that derive from herbs and plants, but an essential oil derived from the bark of a tree? A little less common.

Palo Santo essential oil has multiple benefits and uses, from serving as an insect repellent to spiritual applications and remedial purposes. The dead parts of the tree are those that yield the oil. These trees are endangered, which is why it’s important to purchase essential oil from companies that support the sustainability of the tree. 

Top 5 Uses For Palo Santo Explained

1. Aromatherapy

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If you’re going to use essential oils or incense in tandem with massage therapy, look no further than Palo Santo sticks and essential oil. Palo Santo gained a reputation for its calming and stress-relieving properties. The aromatic scent of a burning stick invites peace and tranquility and repels negative energy. 

2. Alleviates Colds & Allergies

Palo Santo is currently being used to alleviate colds and allergies, the same as it was in more ancient times. It is well-known for its immune-boosting properties, preventing you from experiencing allergies or contracting illnesses. 

3. Alleviates Pain

Palo Santo possesses pain-relieving properties. It is particularly effective in alleviating joint pain, arthritis, and inflammation. The essential oil can be topically applied to temples, muscles, and other areas where you are experiencing joint pain or inflammation. The aroma and absorbed oil should soothe pain and inflammation. 

4. Repel Mosquitos

Keeping mosquitos at bay is another traditional use of this plant. Today, we have fly screens and other measures in place to keep flying insects away. Once upon a time, though, when people lived in less insulated homes, I imagine mosquitos would have been a real problem. Fortunately, the natives discovered that burning a stick of Palo Santo could effectively ward off mosquitoes. If you are planning a camping trip, you may want to consider taking along some holy sticks. A natural mosquito repellent with a beautiful aroma? I wouldn’t say no to that!

5. Relieves Depression & Anxiety 

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Palo Santo’s aromatic qualities do more than just give off a pleasant scent. The aromatic compounds in Palo Santo reduce stress and stimulate relaxation. By treating anxiety and depression, this plant can ward off a host of other illnesses that are related to anxiety and depression, such as chronic pain caused by muscle tension or sleep disorders.

Palo Santo Tea Explained

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Palo Santo tea.

From soothing colds, headaches, inflammation, and flu symptoms to relieving anxiety and depression, this tea is a true godsend. Try drinking a soothing cup of Palo Santo tea – 100% natural and healthy for you. Because I suffer from headaches and migraines, I try to only take pain relievers when I really need it, or else my body becomes accustomed to the pills and they are no longer effective. That’s why I was more than glad to hear about a natural cure for headaches. 

You can benefit from a cup of Palo Santo tea if you are in good health, too. Why wait for the illness to attack if you can preempt it? This “holy wood” is well-known for its immune-boosting properties. If staying healthy and well is of importance to you, consider drinking this tea and enjoying its energizing effects.

You can prepare this tea in a few simple steps. Here’s how:


  • Palo Santo Heartwood (1 stick)
  • Purified Water (1-2 cups for every teaspoon of shavings)
  • Honey, Stevia, or any preferred sweetener 


  1. Take a stick of Palo Santo and shave off thin, little bits of wood.
  2. Place one teaspoon of shavings into 1-2 cups of hot water.
  3. Depending on how strong you like it, leave the tea steeping for 10 minutes or more. For a stronger flavor add more shavings.
  4. Pour through a strainer (or brew it in a tea infuser for simplicity’s sake).
  5. Add a little of your favorite sweetener if needed. Honey is a great addition.
  6. Light a candle, grab a book, find someplace cozy, and experience peace!


Natural remedies are back in (or maybe they never went out in the first place). We live in a fast-paced world, with ‘stressful’ being used more frequently in order to describe everyday living. It’s not for nothing that this plant is gaining popularity these days. We need it. Let’s face it, most of us can benefit from a dose of a natural, calming essential oil. I think I’m going to pick up a couple of Palo Santo sticks for myself when I get a chance. Enjoy yours!